Originally Posted by Endymion
Let's enumerate the pros and cons of the first job.
1. It's an internationally renowned construction company. (Would make a great impression on people if one were to say, hey, I'm working for such a company.)
2. Really good money and great chances of earning even more money with promotion. (A truly glittering package deal).
3. Located near the beach. (Not at all a bad place to work at).
1. Hectic timing. (This means you won't have peace of mind, since there would be no set routine or schedule you can stick to.)
2. Have to work day and night. (This can tire you out very easily. If you want to continue working for this company you would need a lotta stamina.)
3. Have to stay on the site. (For a while it might feel good but after a while it will be become monotonous and boring. Might feel like a prisoner, tied down.)
Now, let's do the pros and cons for the second job.
1. This is also a renowned company. (So working for this company would also make a good impression on people.)
2. The salary and chances of promotion are good.
3. It's an office job and does not require him to be running around in the sun.
4. Timings are not hectic but are regular. (This means you will have peace of mind and can stick to a set schedule. You can plan your other social activities and be free to make decisions with what you want to do with your time.)
1. In comparison to the first job, the salary and chances of promotion is less.
2. The job is not near the beach.
So now that we have a good idea of the pros and cons of both jobs, I think it's pretty clear that the only thing that is good about the first job is it's offer for more money. That job does have its strings attached but the money is really good. It's very tempting and sounds irresistible, doesn't it?
I'd say beware. Because it's easy to give in to greed. Choosing the first job would be tantamount to giving in to greed. No matter how much a man might earn, he would still crave for more. The lure of money and making more money is a great magnet that attracts lots of people. It's how flies flock to honey.
But wait a second. If we are Muslims, we must not be running after worldly wealth and riches. If materialistic things are tempting you, then stop and think for a minute. Think and reflect about how our beloved Prophet (saws) lived his life. He was offered all the riches of Arabia but he rejected it all.
Remember what our Prophet (saws) told us? "Be in this world as though you are a traveler."
If we are Muslims we must take that advice and live in this world like travelers.
And travelers do not take too much luggage with them and their possessions are few. They take only what is sufficient for their sustenance.
In all decisions, one must always keep the Hereafter in mind. The first job is a trial and a fitnah. Taking it would cause a man to fall into more sin and transgression, resulting in loss in the Hereafter. The second job is better. It at least offers job security and enough money for one's sustenance.
I won't attach too much importance to the dream of your brother. A lot of us dream about things that we desire to have.